Island And Ralph essay example

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"All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat". The scar represents the destruction of man of this world, or the island. The war outside of the island created this scar. World War II is going on and a bomb probably was dropped on the island to create the spot. This representation is part of the big allegory of our life and the damage we make. "The shore was fledged with palm trees.

These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air... Behind this was the darkness of the forest... ". Golding was trying to achieve the idea of the beach as being good and the forest and jungle being bad. Nothing bad happens on the beach but fun or meetings. In the jungle is where the killing and the fighting happens.

He is just foreshadowing where good things are going to happen and where bad things are going to happen". 'I don't care what they call me so long as they don't call me what they used to call me in school... They used to call me Piggy!' " Golding is foreshadowing what will happen to Piggy here. Jack loves to hunt pigs and Piggy is another word for pig.

Ironically, Piggy will be killed like a pig under the savagery of another being. This is one of many points in the book that William Golding shows the complete irony in our world. "Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness". This description of Jack seems to describe his whole personality. For some reason it reminds me of Satan or pure evil.

I think this is what Golding was trying to get across. From the very beginning, he wants you to have no doubt that Jack is evil and he is a savage". 'We " ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we " re not savages. We " re English, and the English are best at everything.

' " First of all, when Jack said this, I laughed. He says they " re not savages, but they are. He hunts pigs for fun. I think a person who does that is a savage.

Second, when he says that they " re English and they " re the best at everything, it contradicts the officer at the end. He says that they could have put on a better show. I guess the English aren't the best. "Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands".

This act of kindness by Simon really shows the symbolism between him and Jesus or God. It reminds me of the Garden of Eden with the fruit and trees. Simon is pure and shows no hatred towards anyone, even Jack. He helps anyone he can and in this case, he's helping the litt luns get the fruit they want. "Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw.

Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life". This quote is interesting because it really shows that they " re breaking from civilized ways. Roger is experiencing the transition by remembering what he couldn't do off the island compared to what he can do on the island. He hesitates just for a moment though and throws it at Henry".

'Maybe there is a beast... maybe it's only us. ' " Simon says these wise words because he is the only one who is calm enough to see the whole picture. He can see the beast is a representation of their evil and dark side. It's ironic that later on he is killed because everyone thinks he is the beast in the dark.

"Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy's head. Piggy's glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks". Piggy's glasses represent the state of the civilization on the island. In the beginning, his glasses are fine, but at this time, Jack has let the fire go out.

This no only makes it so the ship doesn't see them, but it adds tension between Jack and Ralph. From then on, there is real hate on the island and Piggy can only see out of one eye. "Ralph... was fighting to get near... The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering". Even though Ralph is against Jack, his savagery is dying to let loose. The primal urge to kill the pigs is coming out in Ralph.

William Golding is trying to show what people are underneath everything else in this world. If everything is taken away, they become a heartless savage just looking for the thrill of the hunt". 'This head is for the beast. It's a gift. ' " This reminds me of devil worshipers. They are sacrificing an innocent animal for a "spirit".

They make it into The Lord of the Flies which is a symbol for the devil. Jack and his tribe create a devil on the island that spreads its evil from then on in the book". 'You " re not wanted... on this island! ... So don't try to take it on... or else... we shall do you. See?

Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. ' " This conversation between The Lord of the Flies and Simon is like a battle between good and evil. The Lord of the Flies basically prophesies that everyone will do him in because he's not wanted by the pigs head on a stick. Simon at this point is loosing his mind.

The loss of civilization is making him talk to a pig's head and believe it. "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws". Believing that the creature in the darkness is the beast, the savages kill Simon. I think this symbolizes the death of Christ.

After Christ died, he wasn't around to spread his kindness and love, but his followers were, just like Ralph and Piggy. In this case, no one listens to Ralph and Piggy so the island fills with darkness that Simon isn't there to stop". 'Which is better -- to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is... Which is better -- to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?' " Throughout the whole book, Piggy never really stands up for himself, but it changed at Castle Rock. There is no more order and he has had it. This symbolizes authority saying that enough is enough, just as a parent would tell their child to stop something.

In this case, the child takes no consideration of what the parent wants. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist". The death of Piggy is a symbol of no more hope of order or democracy in the allegory. Anarchy has taken over, just as it eventually will in our world. The destruction of the conch symbolizes the last of peace and order.

It worked in the beginning, but now it means nothing". 'Roger sharpened a stick at both ends". ' I think this is the biggest act of savagery on the island. Roger has become even more evil than Jack. This is beyond savagery.

At this point, Roger symbolizes pure evil in our world. He wishes to put Ralph's head on the stick and into the ground, like The Lord of the Flies". 'We saw your smoke. What have you been doing?

Having a war or something?" ' It is extremely ironic that the Navy boat that rescues them, sees the smoke from the hunt of Ralph and not from the signal fire they created in the beginning. Fire created out of evil got them rescued, not the fire intended for it. The officer does not know this, and thinks they were just having fun". 'We " ll take you off". ' When the officer says he " ll take them off the island, I laugh. It is just continuing the process.

They are getting taken off and island that was full of fighting and disorder, and just getting onto a Navy boat that will probably be going to fight. They are going from one war to another. There is no avoiding the savagery of man in this world. "A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of a pair spectacles at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still". Jack starts to move because he wants to say that he's the leader, but he knows the trouble he will get into.

He " ll get into trouble because he would be responsible for the deaths on the island. This quick transition between a savage leader and a little boy who follows is Jack's way of not getting in trouble in the eyes of the civilized officer. William Golding is saying that people act differently in nature than they do in a civil town or city and they can change like that". 'I should have thought that a pack of British boys... would have been able to put up a better show than that... ' " Once again, Golding expresses the irony in this world.

The officer is telling the boys that they should have done better on the island and Ralph tells him that it was good in the beginning. The officer says it like its no big deal, when it was the boys' lives. It symbolizes that violence in this world is taken lightly.